Living and traveling abroad for an extended period of time poses a unique set of issues. As I approach a year abroad I figured it would be a good time to share my experiences and tips on dealing with homesickness.
Many people have this romantic idea of how rewarding, fun, and all around amazing traveling is, and they are right... most of the time. However, traveling can also have many downsides that can catch you off guard.
Let me start by reiterating that I am by no means a wealthy person, and neither is my family (though I'll give my mom plenty of credit for helping support me in many ways). I worked two jobs throughout most of college, and after graduation continued working for minimum wage. I have bills like everyone else: rent, groceries, cell phone, you name it. Yet here I am about to leave on an extended trip!